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Sunday, May 04, 2014

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In this issue:
Toronto: Sultans of Science
Berlin: Mayoral Voices in the Immigration Debate
Including Migrant Votes Is Good for Democracy
Canberra: Courting Justice
The Mathematics of Immigration
Wicked Failures? Cities Offer Local Solutions
David Lubell: U.S. Cities in Race to Attract Immigrants
Saint-Denis: Professional Mentoring for Youth
Willkommen in Berlin
Good Ideas in the News

Toronto: Sultans of Science

Sultans of Science  

It is not just cultural events and art museums that have an important role in bringing together communities and telling their stories. Museums of science and technology can also use carefully curated exhibitions to showcase cultural communities and their contributions. One such effort is currently on show in Canada’s largest city.

Read the Good Idea


coffee and Museum Island, Berlin Berlin: Mayoral Voices in the Immigration Debate

Mayoral voice can be a particularly powerful tool in advancing an inclusive city agenda and accelerating the path to shared prosperity. From Hamburg’s naturalization campaign and multicultural classrooms to Chicago’s inclusive vision of the New American city, city leaders are going all out to re-imagine their cities as more welcoming, open and prosperous and immigrant integration as a process that makes us all better citizens. Some of these city leaders will be panelists at the 2014 International Cities of Migration Conference.

Drop in at our Conference Cafe


Paul Spoonley Including Migrant Votes Is Good for Democracy

Paul Spoonley of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University (Auckland) argues that, given the significance of immigration to New Zealand, it is critical to encourage participation of immigrants in the political process.

Read the opinion


Canberra group Canberra: Courting Justice

Demystifying the Australian judicial system, particularly family law, for newcomers through community-led education strategies empowers new and emerging communities.

Read the Good Idea


Hollie McNish The Mathematics of Immigration

Hollie McNish, a published UK poet recites this spoken word poem, formulated as a response to the current immigration debate and her personal experience and studies, including the book Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them by economist Philippe Legrain.

Watch, listen and read


Photo: people standing together Wicked Failures? Cities Offer Local Solutions

Sometimes “wicked” failures are best addressed at the local level where practical solutions can be tested at manageable scale. Dana Wagner describes how local governments in Hamburg and Marseille have grappled with the shortcomings of immigration policy on issues like citizenship and secularism, showing us that cities can step up with clever solutions when national governments don’t get it right.

Read the article


David Lubell David Lubell: U.S. Cities in Race to Attract Immigrants

It’s a race to the top. Cities across the U.S. and around the world are competing to attract the human capital they need to thrive in a globalized economy. Becoming a more welcoming place for immigrants can give the United States an edge in that competition, says David Lubell, the executive director of Welcoming America, in this opinion piece.

Read the opinion


proxite Saint-Denis: Professional Mentoring for Youth

In Paris’ northern suburbs, Proxité is charting a path to employability for migrant youth by pairing them with professionals acting as volunteer mentors. Tailor-made support can range from assistance with schoolwork or advice around interviews and resume writing, to building the students’ confidence and helping them imagine how to realize their dreams.

Read the Good Idea


CoM 2014 Conference Willkommen in Berlin

If you haven't registered yet for the 2nd international Cities of Migration Conference, please do so today as only a few seats are left. And if you've already registered, we look forward to welcoming you in Berlin between June 4 and 6, 2014. Together we will explore the practical realities and opportunities created by today’s hyper-diverse cities.

Register now!


Good Ideas in the News

URBACT survey
This European exchange and learning program promoting sustainable urban development wants to take on board your thoughts and suggestions. Take their online survey before 8 May. They say you can answer 12 questions in 3 minutes!

Comparative Migration Studies
Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development hosts online lessons from Canada and Germany with Ryerson University's Harald Bauder as guest editor. More

Race Relations in New Zealand
Avril Bell, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Auckland, on this year's theme of "belonging to Aotearoa New Zealand." Bell suggests that rather than reflect on the theme, doing something to enhance the belonging of refugees and asylum seekers would be more useful. One example given was if each household welcomed one migrant or refugee family. More

European LGBT rights and antiracism organizations join hands to denounce prejudice and encourage EU citizens to vote in the European Parliament elections in a new online campaign. More

Seattle's Bid to Serve Immigrants Better
Mayor Murray and Aaliyah Gupta, the Director of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs announce an office expansion and a five-point plan that will guide Seattle’s work to strengthen immigrant and refugee communities through 2015. More

Public Transport and Attitudes on Immigration
A recent Harvard study conducted on several commuter rail platforms in the Boston area, finds that mixing with people of different ethnic backgrounds can influence social acceptance, at first for the worse, but then for the better. More


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2014 Cities of Migration conference

2014 Cities of Migration Conference Berlin, June 4-6

Join us for brilliant speakers and challenging ideas, a high-octane debate, Urban Labs, Marketplace of Good Ideas, Berlin’s neighbourhoods, an opening night cocktail reception at the Embassy of Canada, and much more. Only 4 more weeks to go!

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The Big Debate: Beautiful Game? Or Racist Quagmire?

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